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In Humility


Wednesday, July 14, 2009:

 
 
 

Alone with God

 

This began a season for me to seek the Lord — away from all the normal activities of life. Coming before the Lord requires a heart of humility. The Scripture is clear — only we can humble ourselves. It is an intentional act — one that is greatly rewarded in God’s Presence.

I began by making these declarations and laying aside that which puffed me up, flattered my ego, and admired my accomplishments. I determined to go after Jesus and I did not allow any other love to compete.

Today, I lay aside my admirable reputation and personal image. In comparison to Him, all is dung. May Jesus’ reputation be known in and through me.

 “But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant . . . But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Messiah” (Phil. 2:7, 3:7).

Jesus will reveal to me my heavenly persona (therefore, I don’t have to create one). My identity is in Him and I will take on all that He is and all He created me to be.

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). Note: Jesus revealed to Peter who he really is — as he was known in Heaven! This revelation came before he denied Jesus.

I am a new creature (creation) in Him by the Holy Spirit.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 cor. 5:17).

Let the humility of Jesus be the hallmark of my life.

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus . . . who humbled himself . . .” (Phil:2:5, 8).

That I may know Jesus . . . Who is humility.

“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Phil 3:10).

I will kneel at the Cross this day and drop everything in my hands that I am holding on to and bow to Him — my all in all, my All-Sufficiency — and go through the door of humility to the other side to see my Lord. He will meet me there.

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it'” (Matt. 16:24).

Today I choose to empty myself out, that the work of humility and the Cross would be evident in my life, my heart, and works.

“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 12:9, 10).

For me, there’s none but Jesus. May He be glorified.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axqXMuW8x1U

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